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KHARTOUM - 28 Feb 2018

New Sudanese draft law to end nationality issue in Sudan

The Sudanese Council of Ministers on Sunday approved a new draft law on Sudanese Nationality Amendment 2018, submitted by the Minister of Interior, Hamid Mohamed Manan.

Under the new draft law, persons born of a Sudanese mother and a South Sudanese father are entitled to Sudanese citizenship.

According to the law, all persons born of a Sudanese parent are considered eligible for citizenship.

However, since the independence of South Sudan, many people born of Sudanese and South Sudanese parents were denied nationality.

A group of Sudanese activists launched a campaign dubbed "I am a Sudanese" to support the right of citizenship of these persons.

Professor Ihsan Abdul Aziz, spokesperson for the "I'm a Sudanese" campaign, told Radio Tamazuj that they were happy with the decision and called on the Sudanese government to fully implement it.